Stones into Schools by Greg Mortenson
Promoting Peace with Education in Afghanistan and Pakistan

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10 Critic Reviews

It's a story that reads like a whodunit. He makes a dramatic promise on the opening pages to what seems more like the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse than representatives of the Wakhan, and keeps the reader turning pages to find out how he handles the improbable escapades along the way.
-Globe and Mail

Synopsis

From the author of the #1 bestseller Three Cups of Tea, the continuing story of this determined humanitarian’s efforts to promote peace through education

In this dramatic first-person narrative, Greg Mortenson picks up where Three Cups of Tea left off in 2003, recounting his relentless, ongoing efforts to establish schools for girls in Afghanistan; his extensive work in Azad Kashmir and Pakistan after a massive earthquake hit the region in 2005; and the unique ways he has built relationships with Islamic clerics, militia commanders, and tribal leaders. He shares for the first time his broader vision to promote peace through education and literacy, as well as touching on military matters, Islam, and women—all woven together with the many rich personal stories of the people who have been involved in this remarkable two-decade humanitarian effort.

Since the 2006 publication of Three Cups of Tea, Mortenson has traveled across the U.S. and the world to share his vision with hundreds of thousands of people. He has met with heads of state, top military officials, and leading politicians who all seek his advice and insight. The continued phenomenal success of Three Cups of Tea proves that there is an eager and committed audience for Mortenson’s work and message.


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About Greg Mortenson

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GREG MORTENSON is a humanitarian and former mountaineer who believes that the best way to peace is through education. He is the founder of the nonprofit Central Asia Institute and Pennies for Peace children's program. He lives in Montana with his wife and two children.
 
Published November 4, 2009 by Penguin Books. 448 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Travel, Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction
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NY Times

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Reviewed by Janet Maslin on Dec 09 2009

Mr. Mortenson (writing with research assistance from Mike Bryan and structural help from Kevin Fedarko) describes one visually breathtaking setting after another, though not in a fashion fit for travelogues.

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Book Reporter

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Reviewed by Robert Finn on Jan 23 2011

Mortenson’s cause is so obviously right and his pursuit of it so well organized that those objections seen churlish. This man has accomplished something splendid and desperately important.

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Globe and Mail

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Reviewed by SALLY ARMSTRONG on Jan 08 2010

It's a story that reads like a whodunit. He makes a dramatic promise on the opening pages to what seems more like the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse than representatives of the Wakhan, and keeps the reader turning pages to find out how he handles the improbable escapades along the way.

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The Washington Post

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Reviewed by Jay Mathews on Dec 20 2009

Mortenson may be unrealistic, but the last decade of his life has been one improbability after another. It is unfair to expect him to lose hope now.

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Christian Science Monitor

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Reviewed by Duane and Pat Boyle on Jan 24 2011

Stones into Schools by Greg Mortenson is the best read we have enjoyed in a long time – it's a page turner and hard to lay down.

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Christian Science Monitor

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Reviewed by Marilyn Gardner on Dec 21 2009

At 400 pages, the book sometimes feels long. Keeping places and people straight can be hard, although maps and a 56-person who’s who list help. Yet many of the stories he tells make for engaging reading.

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Dallas News

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Reviewed by MIKE YOUNG on Jan 31 2010

Unlike Three Cups of Tea, in which Mortenson's story played out in the third person, Stones Into Schools is told in his powerful, eloquent voice. He emerges as a man of great strength, opinionated, sometimes impetuous, with little time for those unwilling to help with his quest.

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The Seattle Times

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Reviewed by Bharti Kirchner on Dec 10 2009

Mortenson’s vision remains wide. He not only builds schools, but also provides women’s vocational training and aids in other humanitarian efforts. Most important of all, he advocates peace.

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Foreign Affairs

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Reviewed by L. Carl Brown on Mar 01 2010

...this dedicated dreamer's story inspires hope that his brand of liberal interventionism is right for Afghanistan.

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Journey With Jesus

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on Mar 09 2016

His highly unorthodox style has paid off. Just before his ouster, Pakistan's president Pervez Musharraf awarded him one of his country's highest medals of honor.

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